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Spar Mystery!: Understanding The Hound of the Baskervilles Through Debate

In this 6-week multi-day class we will search for clues and expand our critical thinking skills as we follow the great Sherlock Holmes in Conan Doyle's finest mystery through discussion and Spar debate. ESL friendly, CEFR level C1, C2 #academic
Cindy Frank
524 total reviews for this teacher
15 reviews for this class
Completed by 46 learners
year olds
learners per class


Charged upfront
$25 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 6 weeks
55 minutes per class
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Class Experience

*To gain confidence in speaking and organization 
*Understand all the basic ideas of debate and rhetoric
*Gain deeper understanding of mystery literature through debate
* To communicate effectively through speaking, thinking adroitly and responding fluently
* Improve memory retention and organizational skills
* Gain confidence and poise in oral presentation
* Expand vocabulary and word usage
*To gain deeper understanding of the nuances of literature and the mystery novel
Longtime teacher of literature for both middle and high school students, I am also a mystery aficionado who has taught a high school class in genre literature, featuring numerous mystery novels including The Hound of the Baskervilles. I am also the founder and former coach of an award-winning Speech and Debate team that competed at local, state and national levels, long-time speech judge for local, regional, national speech events for NCFL and National Speech and Debate Association, former teacher of high school debate and rhetoric, art history, literature, and AP Language and Composition. 
Students will be required to read the portions of the text we will be considering for the upcoming week. We will be reading three chapters a week for this class. In addition, there are optional assignments, crafted to enhance critical thinking skills, after each class. If students choose to complete the optional assignments they will receive  immediate written feedback. 
Learners will need a copy of The Hound of the Baskervilles, available via download from Project Gutenberg or for purchase via Amazon or through
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Families and learners will receive written assessments throughout the class.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is of course a murder mystery, and while the descriptions are not of a graphic nature, there is mention of knives, firearms, and physical battles as well as attacks by vicious dogs that are essential to the themes of the story.  If you have questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me.
The Hound of the Baskervilles is in the public domain and available for download on Project Gutenberg.  Copies of the book are of course available at local libraries or for purchase via, local bookstores,  or via second-hand bookstores such as as well at reduced prices. 
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Cindy Frank
Lives in the United States
Former High School Literature and Art History Teacher, Speech and Debate Coach
524 total reviews
572 completed classes

About Me

Hello, Everyone, I'm Cindy Frank!

*Classes limited to 6 students--all have a voice in the classroom
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